DC Theatre Scene
Shakespeare’s R & J
Consider four young men - let’s call them Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio and Tybalt, but really, they could be anyone - on the very cusp of their adolescence. Chemicals course through their bloodstreams, calling their brains to love and violence. Their world is run by people their parents’ age, all of whom seem like fools and [...]
Stage Banter: The Arena Stage Blog
Road Trip: June, 2009
Regular readers of this blog (hi, Mom...) know that part of my role as the Associate Artistic Director of Arena Stage is scouting-- regular bursts of travel around the country to catch up on significant new works...
For more than two years, Broadway audiences were treated to the musical retelling of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Color Purple . " This tragic, touching, and ultimately triumphant story about a girl in rural Georgia is in Boston with three of the actresses from the Tony-nominated Broadway production: Celie is played by Kenita R. Miller, Sofia by Felicia ...
Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog
Time Out Chicago Theater Blog
The (re)curse of the Scottish play
No, not the usual one. Blogger Rob Kozlowski is cursing Macbeth for being produced too often. Kozlowski and his commenters add up eight professional productions of Maccers (counting a couple of adaptations) around Chicago in 21 months, from last April’s Greasy Joan mounting through the ...
Theatre in Chicago
Strawdog Stands the Test of Time
When Nic Dimond, current Artistic Director of Strawdog Theatre, first saw a show at this tiny Lakeview Storefront in 1993 he was startled by what he saw as a low production standard surrounding a strong acting ensemble, and he decided to do something about it. With a background in set design, Dimond ...
Steep Theatre Closes 2008-2009 Season with Midwest Premiere of The Hollow Lands
Steep Theatre Company's historic 2008-2009 season, which has already featured the opening of their new space and the most Jeff nominations in the company's history, closes with a bang this month with the Midwest Premiere of Howard Korder's The Hollow Lands, an ambitious 14 actor, 30 character...
An Ordway revival of "Singin' in the Rain" features true fans of the original and a black star.
Robots are soulless night-clubbers -- and humans the wannabes -- in a provocative new play.
* The "story after the story," One Bad Year with Meliza Banales uses multi-media, dance, bubbles, balloons, science, Xicano-Buddhism, fashion, and astrology to follow "the three selves of Banales" -- her inner child, Lil' Missy, her inner-chola, Mari, and Meliza herself, as she deals with a divorce, the murder of her nephew, and losing her job, all in one fell swoop.
On the Boards
NWNW Weekend 2 Mainstage
The NWNW mainstage showcase on June 14 was an exciting evening of dance that raised many questions for me as a viewer. The show made me wonder about the relationship between kinesthetic and aesthetic choices, about abstracting the body, about virtuosity and how it can be both ...
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